In 1773, Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society of Jesus. It was not until 1814 that it was restored by Pope Pius VII. For more than 40 years the Society of Jesus did not exist as a religious order of the Catholic Church. This year marks the 200th anniversary of that restoration but that raises some questions such as:
- What led up to this suppression?
- What did Jesuits do during this time?
- What brought about the restoration?
The Jesuit communities of lower Manhattan are organizing an event on April 5, 2014, to delve into these topics. Fr. Mark Lewis, SJ, the New Orleans Provincial and former Director of the Jesuit Historical Institute in Rome, will be the keynote presenter that day. There will also be a panel discussion and Q&A. The event will take place at the Xavier Jesuit Community at 30 W. 16th St. in New York City, NY.